The Eco-Gastronomic Mirror: Narcissism and Death at the Dinner Table, by Jordan Shapiro

Read here about Jordan Shapiro. Through food we both literally and metaphorically consume wilderness and digest the planet. Our diet is the environment. We feed on plants and animals, and thus our relationship to flora and fauna is evident in our culinary trends and methods. It is a narcissistic relationship in which humans nail the natural other to the wall like a full-length mirror. When we look at the image reflected back—on our platter and buffets, in our ingredients and recipes—we see our complex link to nature, to death, and to the terra firma that will eventually hold our decomposing bodies.

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